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Andy Ganteaume (Trinidad)

 



John Treleven
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Former West Indies batsman Andy Ganteaume, the only Test cricketer with a better average than Sir Donald Bradman, has died at the age of 95.

Ganteaume scored 112 in his one and only Test, against England in 1948.

He also played football for Trinidad, and was the second oldest former Test cricketer, behind South African Lindsay Tuckett, 97, when he died.


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Saw a nice - and more detailed obit - on the BBC cricket website. Dropped for scoring a century in your debut test cos you took too long!! Team selection was harsh back then!


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Andy Ganteaume, the former West Indies and Trinidad & Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman,
died at the age of 95 on Wednesday in Santa Margarita, St Augustine, T&T.

Ganteaume was West Indies' oldest living Test cricketer, and the world's second oldest, behind South Africa's Linday Tuckett.

Ganteaume scored 112 on debut v England in 1948, but never played for West Indies again.
He added 173 for the first wicket with George Carew, who had hit a century of his own, in the first innings of that drawn match at the Queen's Park Oval.
Ganteaume did not get a chance to bat in the second innings and therefore became the only player to finish with a Test average of over 100.

Ganteaume, however, had a longer first-class run, 50 first class matches over 23 seasons making 2,785 runs, including five centuries, at 34.81,
playing as often as his work in the Trinidad Civil Service would allow. Having had no formal coaching, he made his first class debut for Trinidad
a few weeks after his 20th birthday in 1941 and, batting at No. 8, scored 87. In 1957, he toured England with West Indies but did not make the test team.

It is said he paid as much for his anti establishment attitude in an era when white players still dominated the region's cricket,
as for slow scoring in his only Test.

Jeff Stollmeyer, West Indies regular opener, whose injury had allowed Ganteaume to play, said later: "Andy's innings in its later stages was not in keeping
with the state of the game. The captain was forced to send a message out to him to get on with it."

Ganteaume had also been a regular member of Trinidad's football team. After his playing career, Ganteaume served as a selector and team manager.


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